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ROSPA COVID Announcement

“We have written to group chairmen and secretaries and examiners to advise that practical motorcycle tutoring and ride outs can resume in England and Northern Ireland only, as of now, and that testing can resume on June 15. We are keeping an eye on developments in Wales and Scotland, and will update our guidance for those countries as their respective governments ease restrictions further.

Any and all activity must take place in accordance with social distancing rules which, at present, means no more than six people on ride outs, and those in England should not cross the borders into Wales or Scotland.

Theory work, group meetings and any other face-to-face operations that do not include practical elements must still be delivered via internet video applications.

In relation to car testing our stance remains the same, and it should not take place at this time. We are constantly reviewing the changing situation and will keep everyone updated over the coming weeks.

Please note: Due to the staffing situation at RoSPA HQ, email and telephone queries are unlikely to be answered. Staff are returning to work from home soon, and when they do so will be focusing primarily on testing and membership. If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ webpage first: www.roadar.org.uk/aboutus/coronavirus.htm

Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We know this has been a testing and frustrating time for everyone, but please rest assured that despite our limited capacity we are working hard to get everyone moving as and when it’s safe to do so.

Our Tutors

Derbyshire Riders branch of RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders is a friendly local advanced motorcycle group.  Our aim is to provide high quality advanced motorcycle training to existing motorcyclists in Derbyshire and surrounding counties.  While our main focus is motorcycle road safety, we maintain a friendly club atmosphere and aim to have fun riding our motorcycles as well.  We find a well trained rider is generally quicker on the road and safer than an untrained or self-taught rider.  In support of this vision the group aims to provide an active social network, featuring club meeting, guest speakers, functions and group social ride outs and riding, all aimed to develop skill and confidence.

Our team of experienced RoSPA Approved Tutors give their time on a voluntary basis, which makes joining us as affordable as possible.  Although we operate on a voluntary basis, this doesn’t mean compromising on quality;  our Tutor programme of testing, support and monitoring is thorough and ensures that tutoring is delivered to a very high standard all the time.

if you would like to improve your riding, why not come along and visit one of our regular club nights .  We will be happy to tell you more about ourselves and what we deliver.

The sections below contain a variety of information about us but please don’t hesitate to Contact Us for more information.


Our Aims, Values and Constitution

The aims of Derbyshire Riders are to encourage an interest in road safety, improve riding standards and help riders pass the RoSPA Advanced Riding Test.  Our values are to treat everyone fairly and equally, helping anyone who joins us to improve their riding skills and become a safer rider, regardless of their initial skill level or ability to take the RoSPA Advanced Riding Test.  Our constitution can be found here (Derbyshire RoSPA Constitution 2018-03-07)
 
The group is based in Derby, aims to support local bikers, but draws its membership from all over Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, north Leicestershire and north Staffs.
 
Should you come from further afield however, please do still Contact Us as we may be able to help, or put you in touch with another group who can.


Group Nights

 

We are pleased to confirm our continued partnership with our venue in 2020.  We meet in the upstairs large room at The Clock Warehouse on the third Tuesday of each month.

The Clock Warehouse, Shardlow, Derby, DE72 2GL

http://www.clockwarehousepub.co.uk/

Please check the exact dates in our Events Page.  If you’re thinking of joining or would simply like to find out more about what we do, why not drop in to see us and we’ll be pleased to welcome you.


Other Group Activities

Whilst advanced training is important to us, we also get up to a range of other things!  We are always open to suggestions and new ideas, but here are some examples of things we do:

Group Ride-outs.  We regularly arrange group rides and would be pleased for you to join us and our Events page contains details of forthcoming rides. The aim of the events is to provide a fun, safe and inclusive experience for all and prove popular for meeting new members and maintaining skills.  Guidance for the conduct and structure of group rides can be found in  Group Riding Guidance.

Group Ride Out Calendar for 2020 –  Something for everyone’s diaries, the schedule of club runs for 2020. The intention is to make these completely inclusive, attractive to all members and to use as an opportunity for associates to learn in a supportive group environment. And importantly to have fun with friends.

March (22nd) – Andy Vest

April (25th or 26th) – Gary Furnival

May (24th) – Steve Watt

June (20th or 21st) – Geoff Springthorpe

July (25th or 26th) – Graham Brown

August (22nd or 23rd) – Gavin Harris

September (19th or 20th) – Andrew Jones

October (25th) – Steve Watt

November (21st or 22nd) – John Tizzard

Social Events.  We are always keen to arrange social activities and would welcome your ideas and help in doing so. Activities might include joint events with other groups, trips to various shows or short breaks and touring holidays. See our Events page for details of forthcoming events.

Fundraising & Recruitment.  As a voluntary group, it is essential that we raise money to support our road safety aims and fund the activities of the group.  We are also always on the lookout for new members, and help in recruiting them is always much appreciated.


Our Tutors

 

All of our Tutors are experienced bikers with a passion for motorcycling, road safety and helping others to improve their riding. Find out more about them here.

Tutor Standards.  Our Tutors hold a minimum Gold grade RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle certificate and have completed a rigorous Tutor training and examination process before becoming a RoSPA Approved Tutor.  This tests their ability to tutor, their comprehensive knowledge of the Highway Code and Roadcraft and to ride safely with an Associate.

To ensure that standards are maintained, support is readily available from our Chief Training Officer and Group Advanced Tutors.

Tutors undergo regular monitoring from the Group Advanced Tutors as well as an annual check ride with our Chief Trainer. You will see our Group Tutors also leading ‘skills talks’ at our monthly club meetings.

Independent to their Tutor activities, they also have to re-take the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Test every 3 years, the same as any other RoSPA member.

All of our Tutors give their time on a voluntary basis.  In recognition of this, we ask those undertaking any tutoring to:

  • give as much notice as possible if they are unable to make a tutoring session
  • be on time for tutoring sessions with sufficient fuel for a reasonable ride
  • arrive for every session ready to learn
  • have completed all agreed practice and reading requested of them
  • give their Tutor feedback
  • offer their Tutor a contribution towards running costs (see Fees & Joining for more info)